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Amateur radio enthusiasts gather in Southeast Kansas for a nationwide field day.

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The Southeast Kansas Amateur Radio Club met at Big Brutus to showcase the latest in digital and satellite radio communications, emergency capabilities. Members also talked about Morse Code.  


Those involved in amateur radio, also referred to as ham radio, have provided vital information over the airwaves for years, even playing an important role in emergency situations including the Joplin tornado. Using only basic power supplies, ham operators build makeshift radio stations in any location, including out in the country, to connect with people around the world. Organizers say this is one of the biggest appeals of the hobby.


"All the variations from technology to basic atenna building to just talking to people around the county," said Jeff Chancey. "Around the country and around the world."


There was also a ham radio field day gathering in Joplin.




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